Legacy matters. At an upper division assembly on November 4, Stevenson’s legacy of cultivating students of integrity and the legacy of a life well lived intersected. The memorial Nathan Krissoff Award is one of the highest honors bestowed on a Stevenson student. In the words of Nathan’s good friend, Peter Burchett, “Nate had an internal engine that never quit and drove him to get the most out of every day. His passion for life was matched by his passion for people”. While reserved, he still valued inclusivity and modeled it. Nathan’s short life was not defined by time but by quality. To preserve his memory and accomplishments as an athlete, leader, scholar, musician, and friend, his family established an endowed fund to annually recognize a stellar Stevenson student.
This year’s recipient, Trent Toole ’23 embodies all that Nathan represents. Over four years at Stevenson, Trent has made an impact in sports, leadership, and academics. In the words of a faculty member that weighed in on the decision, “I think what I admire most about Trent is his humility.” A teacher adds, “You enter the classroom exhibiting a positive outlook. You concentrate keenly and collaborate productively.”
Trent arrived on our campus from New Jersey. As a three-sport student-athlete, Trent’s impact is unparalleled on the field but as his coach acknowledged, “I immediately noticed his presence and could tell he was a difference maker, not just based on his talent, but how he conducted himself. He is a natural leader willing to do anything it takes for the team’s success.” We are pleased to share that he will attend Villanova on a baseball scholarship.
Trent is clearly a contributor to the entire Stevenson community. Like Nathan, he leads with honesty, integrity, and inclusiveness. This award allows us to recognize the legacy of all Stevenson students that have thrived on our campus. Congratulations to Trent! Click here to view images from the award presentation.